Max Palevsky Professor
(on leave Autumn 2020)

Office: Social Sciences 405
Phone: 773-702-4088

B.S. Fudan University, 1982
M.S. Academy of Science, China, 1984
Ph.D. McGill University, 1990, 1995

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Dingxin Zhao is interested in political sociology broadly defined.

Zhao's research covers the areas of social movements, nationalism, comparative historical sociology, social change and economic development. His interests also extend to micro-sociology, ecological sociology, sociological theory, and methodology. His past research was on the 1989 Prodemocracy Movement in China and issues related to China's economic development.

Currently, Zhao is researching student nationalism and US-China relations. He has also started a project on historical sociology, which, based on a comparison with the European experiences, is intended to develop an empirically-grounded theory to explain the changes in state, military, economy and philosophy during China's Axial Age (722-221 BC), the unification of China under the Qin Empire (221-206 BC), and how the developments of this period shaped China's later history.

Selected Publications

"Explaining Dynamics and Outcomes of Environmental Campaigns in China: Multi-actor State and Diverse Civil Society." (with Yanfei Sun) Pp.144-62, in Popular Protest in China, edited by Kevin O'Brien. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008.

"Authoritarian Regime and Contentious Politics." Pp.459-76, in Handbook of Politics: State and Society in Global Perspective, edited by Kevin T. Leicht and Craig C. Jenkins. Springer Science, 2009.

"Media and Social Movements in China: A Relationship without the Constraint of a Hegemonic Culture." (in Chinese). (with Fen Lin) Chinese Journal of Communication and Society and Society. 6: 94-119, 2008.

"S. E. Finer and the History of Government." Sociological Research (Shehuixue yanjiu). No.136: 203-14, 2008.

"Organization and Place in the Anti-U.S. Demonstrations after the 1999 Belgrade Embassy Bombing." Mobilization. 14: 405-428, 2008.

"The Mandate of Heaven and Performance Legitimation in Historical and Contemporary China." American Behavioral Scientist, 2009.

Social and Political Movements. Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, 2006.

The Rise of the Qin Empire and Patterns of Chinese History. Shanghai: Sanlian Publishing House, 2006.

"Collective Action, Free-Rider Problem and Formal Modeling in Social Sciences." InSociological Research No. 121: 1-21, 2006.

"The Myth of Five-hegemons: Wars and Political Development during East Zhou China." In Academic Monthly No. 441: 132-138, 2006.

Review of Historical Dynamics: Why States Rise and Fall by Peter Turchin. InAmerican Journal of Sociology (in press).

Review of Korean Workers: The Culture and Politics of Class Formation by Hagen Koo. In American Journal of Sociology Vol. 111: 1577-79, 2006.

"Differential Participation and Nature of a Movement: A Study of the 1999 Anti-U.S. Beijing Student Demonstrations," (with Zhiyuan Yu) In Social Force 84: 1755-1777, 2006.

She hui yu zheng zhi yun dong jiang yi. Beijing: she hui ke xue yuan chu ban she, 2006.

Dong Zhou zhan zheng yu ru fa guo jia de dan sheng. Shanghai: Hua dong shi fan da xue chu ban she, 2006.

"An Angle on Nationalism in China today - Attitudes among Beijing Students after Belgrade 1999." China Quarterly (2005).

"A Critical Analysis on the Development of the Western Theories of Social Movements and Revolutions: A Chinese Synthesis," Sociological Studies, 2005.

"Spurious Causation in a Historical Process: War and Bureaucratization in Early China," American Sociological Review, 2004.

"Explanation Tradition and Interpretation Tradition: The Crisis and Development of Social Sciences," Sociology Review, 2004.

"Problems of Nationalism in Current China: Student-Government Conflicts during the Nationalistic Protests," Collaboration and Confrontation: Chinese Society and Nationalism, Greenwood Press, 2002.

"China's Prolonged Stability and Political Future: Same Political System, Different Policies and Methods," Journal of Contemporary China, 2001.

The Power of Tiananmen: State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement, University of Chicago Press, 2001.

"State-Society Relations and Discourses and Activities during the 1989 Beijing Student Movement." American Journal of Sociology 105: 1592-1632, 2000.

"Ecologies of Social Movements: Student Mobilization during the 1989 Pro-Democracy Movement in Beijing," American Journal of Sociology 103: 1493-529, 1998.

"The Decline of the Student Control System in Chinese Universities and the Rise of the 1989 Chinese Student Movement," Sociological Perspectives 40: 159-82, 1997.

"Foreign Study as a Safety-valve: the Experience of China's University Students Going abroad in the Eighties," Higher Education 31: 145-63, 1996.

"State Power and Patterns of Late Development: Resolving the Crisis of the Sociology of Development," Sociology 28: 211-30, 1994.